Things To Consider
- David's own son is committing treason and is seeking to take control of Israel and take his father's life in the process.
- David has faced many battles and moves his men into position.
- David listens to the counsel of his men and does not go with them into battle because the primary objective for this battle is David's death.
- The Israelite army had difficulty navigating the forest.
- Absalom coming off the mule is a picture of losing royal privilege because that was kingly transportation.
- This unnamed soldier appears more righteous than Joab.
- The trumpet signaled the end of the battle.
- David's heart is broken even though his own son sought to kill him.
- Joab criticizes David for mourning publicly.
- It's hard for the army to celebrate while David is so distraught.
- The hearts of David's kinsmen were turned back and the nation was reconsolidated.